Otani may create unique challenge

| Sep 8, 2014

Otani may create unique challenge

Shohei Otani has proven this season that he’s a talent unlike any other Japanese baseball has seen over the course of a full season. There are better hitters and better pitchers (though maybe not for long), but no one who can do both simultaneously ...

Fan-favorite Inaba jumping into sunset

| Sep 3, 2014

Fan-favorite Inaba jumping into sunset

Atsunori Inaba may have been Japan’s most popular player among foreign fans during the 2013 World Baseball Classic. The quadrennial competition doesn’t just bring 16 nations together, it allows the baseball cultures of various nations to come together. Prominent among these is Japan’s ouendan. ...

Sawamura fires two-hitter against Tigers

Aug 28, 2014

Sawamura fires two-hitter against Tigers

Hirokazu Sawamura let out a shout and thrust both arms in the air. The Yomiuri Giants pitcher had been bitten in his first two starts against the Hanshin Tigers, but the third time turned out to be the charm. Sawamura threw a two-hit shutout ...

UFC star Tate prepared to take fight to Nakai

Aug 27, 2014

UFC star Tate prepared to take fight to Nakai

Miesha Tate wants Rin Nakai to remember her after their fight next month. Nakai, who is undefeated (16-0-1), likely already knows all about Tate, a superstar in women’s mixed martial arts, but Tate wants a special place in Nakai’s world. “She’s undefeated, so it’s ...

Big decision looms for ace Kaneko

| Aug 25, 2014

Big decision looms for ace Kaneko

For Chihiro Kaneko, it starts now. The questions about his future and the maelstrom of media attention that will have grown to a fevered pitch by the time it’s time to face the issue. Before, free agency questions could be neatly parried with a ...

Gomez earning his stripes with Tigers

Aug 16, 2014

Gomez earning his stripes with Tigers

Mauro Gomez probably couldn’t believe his luck when he saw the pitch Chris Seddon threw him. Gomez had been stuck in a brief slump. Naturally, the media contingent that follows the team had been busy overreacting to it for a few days, bombarding the ...

Giants close out series with tidy victory over Tigers

Aug 14, 2014

Giants close out series with tidy victory over Tigers

The Yomiuri Giants aren’t giving up first place without a fight. Especially not to their fiercest rivals. Hirokazu Ibata drove in the tiebreaking run in the fourth inning, and the Yomiuri pitching staff, led on this night by Chris Seddon, kept the Hanshin Tigers ...